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  • REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    10th March 2011

    The ship with the biggest reefer capacity currently, 1,600 reefer plugs, docked in South Africa for the first time in early December 2010. The 93,430dwt Santa Clara, which has a nominal slot capacity of 7,100TEU and a length of 299.95m,…

  • ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    10th March 2011

    Heavy winter weather on the North American Great Lakes placed two cargo ships in difficulty just before Christmas. On 22 December 2010 the US Coast Guard cutters Biscayne Bay and Mackinaw were dispatched to break ice in the lower end…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    10th March 2011

    A public meeting in February officially launched the Dover Steamship Company, which aims to bring former cross-Channel turbine-powered car ferry Dover (1965/3,641gt) back to Kent for restoration. She is currently lying at Middlesbrough as Tuxedo Royale, having been used as…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    10th March 2011

    Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas (2001/90,090gt) is being given a multi-million pound overhaul in May prior to making her debut in Australasia in October as part of a fleetwide ‘Royal Advantage’ renewal programme. This includes the creation of four…

  • CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    10th March 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is to base one of its ships in Australian waters on a full-time basis, reflecting the growth of interest in cruising in the region. Although parent company Carnival Corporation owns P&O Australia with four ships serving…

  • FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    10th March 2011

    The profile of some ships presents a question mark as to their exact employment. One such is Thorshovdi, recently seen at Punta Arenas, Chile. The hull would appear to be that of a small container ship but what about all…

  • CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    10th March 2011

    Equipment failures on two well known cruise ships, Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, have been serious enough to generate international safety alerts. In the case of Carnival Splendor, which suffered an engine room fire off Mexico,…

  • IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    10th March 2011

    Passengers travelling on the Birkenhead-Belfast ro-pax service have been handed copies of a letter explaining Stena Line’s position while formal approval of the purchase of this route, and the Heysham-Belfast freight service, is awaited. Updating events since Stena Line UK…

  • ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    10th March 2011

    With little mention of the future of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the latest Defence White Paper, the service seems to have once again evaded the wholesale privatisation that many had feared. The optimistic outlook stems from a lack of…

  • NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    10th March 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line is basing four ships in Europe during 2012-13, including a second vessel on a year-round basis. The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic (2010/155,873gt) returns for a second summer in the Mediterranean operating weekly from Barcelona to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno,…